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Charlotte Talks: In-Depth On Senate Health Care Bill And North Carolina Reaction

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

While Senate Republicans try to rally support for their health care bill, we’ll take an in-depth look at what the proposal could mean for North Carolina.

After Senate Republicans revealed their much-awaited version of a health care bill last week, the reaction was swift. Senate Democrats and some medical groups have concerns about the proposal's limits on Medicaid spending and say it will leave too many people uninsured.

Some GOP senators say the measure doesn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare policies and lowering health care costs.

With no Democratic support and a number of Republican Senators saying they will reject the bill without changes, the race is on to pass a bill before the July 4th recess.  

Monday's report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office presents additional challenges for those trying to rally support for the bill. It estimates that under the Senate's plan, 22 million people would lose health insurance over the next 10 years. 

Guest host Tom Bullock gets local reaction to the bill and we find out what kind of impact it could have on health care in North Carolina.

Guests

Julie Rovner - Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News (formerly health policy correspondent for NPR)

Donald Jonas - Executive Director of Care Ring, which provides health services to at-risk populations in the Charlotte area. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Blair College of Health at Queens University of Charlotte

Steve Lawler - incoming president of the North Carolina Hospital Association which represents 130 hospitals across the state (he starts July 1). He is currently senior vice president of the regional group for Carolinas HealthCare System

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.